Workshop on Water Resources and Drought Information in the Southwest US

Thursday, 8 January 2015 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ (Room 123)

NCEI’s Bottom Line Objective for this Workshop

Raise awareness of, provide overview to, discuss use/applications and get user feedback on NCEI climate products and services for understanding and responding to drought and other water resource challenges in southwestern US.


Time Topic
11:00am Welcome, Logistics and Introductions
Kevin Werner, NOAA Regional Climate Service Director, Western Region
Kevin will serve as MC and will introduce each speaker
11:05am Opening Remarks:
Dr. Stephen Volz, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services
11:20am Data User Keynote:
Bill Hasencamp, Manager of Colorado River Resources for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
11:35am Drought and Water Resources Outlook for WY2015:
Michelle Stokes, Hydrologist in Charge, NOAA Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
11:50am NCEI Climate Services and Products Overview:
Mike Brewer, NOAA NCEI
This presentation focuses on the NCEI data products
12:10pm Small group discussions facilitated by:
  • Doug Boyle, Nevada State Climatologist
  • Mike Crimmins, University of Arizona (CLIMAS)
  • Mike Brewer, NOAA/NCEI
  • Mike McLane, NOAA/NWS/Phoenix
  • Michelle Stokes, NOAA/NWS/CBRFC
  • Greg Hammer, NOAA/NCEI
  • Dennis Dye, USGS
  • Other NOAA and close partners
1:00pm Rapid Reporting from Small Groups
Kevin Werner
1:20pm Panel Discussion on Opportunities for and Lessons Learned from Collaboration on the Ongoing Southwestern Drought and Regional Water Resources Challenges
Panel Chair:
Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University
  • Nancy Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
  • Tanya Trujillo, Executive Director of the Colorado River Board of California
  • Chuck Cullom, Central Arizona Project
  • Charles Ester III, Salt River Project
2:25pm Panel Discussion and Q&A/Dialogue with Audience
2:55pm Formal program ends – allowing for continued small group discussions